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Welcome to the Year 5 Swans Class page!

 

I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer holiday and is ready for the start of the new school year!

 

My name is Mr Twelftree and I will be the class teacher this year. Your children will also be taught PE by Mr Chotalia and Mr Hodgson, as well as RE and Science by Mrs Morel.

 

Our PE days this year are Wednesday and Friday  but please ensure that PE kit remains in school throughout the week.

 

This term, we are learning about natural disasters, including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and anything else that interests the children about our topic. We have an exciting trip to the Natural History Museum planned to build on the fun immersion day activities we completed at the start of the term – which included making working volcanoes and researching what it would be like to live near an erupting volcano! 

 

Please check this page regularly for updates and photos of the children engaging with their learning.

Christian Values

 

Our christian value this term is Generosity

 

Important Dates;

 

12.09.18 – Parents’ information evening, 6.30pm

18.09.18 – Natural History Museum Trip (more details to come)

21.09.18 – Jeans for Genes Day

Week Commencing 15th October 2018

English

This week we will be carrying on with our new genre of writing - Adventure Narratives! We will also be reinforcing the grammar learnt over the course of the term as well as continuing with speech punctuation to include in our writing and refreshing our fronted adverbials.

 

Guided Reading

Summarising - to be able to pick out key details in a text and summarise it into a shorter passage.

Comprehension

 

Maths

We will be carry on with our next topic which is statistics (using graphs and tables). The next fortnightly test for the topic of graphs/tables will be on Thursday 18th October.

 

Topic

We will be continuing with our work and research on Earthquake Proof Buildings up until half term, designing, making and testing our prototypes with different materials before building our final products for testing and evaluation.

 

Week Commencing 8th October 2018

English

This week we will be starting a new genre of writing - Adventure Narratives! We will also be reinforcing the grammar learnt over the course of the term as well as touching on speech punctuation to include in our writing.

 

Guided Reading

Inference - Identifying key information from texts and silent videos to inform our answers and descriptions.

Comprehension

 

Maths

We will be starting our next topic which is statistics (using graphs and tables). The next fortnightly test for the topic of graphs/tables will be on Thursday 18th October.

 

Topic

We will be continuing with our work and research on Earthquake Proof Buildings up until half term, designing, making and testing our prototypes with different materials before building our final products for testing and evaluation.

 

Week Commencing 1st October 2018

English

This week we will be carrying on with persuasive writing and using subordinate clauses, while trying to incorporate adverbs, coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials into our writing.

 

Guided Reading

Inference - Identifying key information from texts and silent videos to inform our answers and descriptions.

Comprehension

 

Maths

We will be continuing with mental and written addition and subtraction methods, as well as techniques for answering word problems. The next fortnightly test for the topic of addition/subtraction will be on Friday 5th October.

 

Topic

We will be continuing with our work and research on Earthquake Proof Buildings.

 

Week Commencing 24th September 2018

English

This week we will be starting persuasive writing and using subordinating conjunctions, while trying to incorporate adverbs, coordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials.

 

Guided Reading

Inference - Identifying key information from texts and silent videos to inform our answers and descriptions.

Comprehension

 

Maths

We are starting to look at addition and subtraction of larger numbers, both mentally and through a written method.

 

Topic

We will be writing up a comparative non-chronological report on the Japan and Haiti earthquakes, before carrying on with our DT topic on Earthquake Resistant Housing, looking at more examples around the world and presenting our ideas on how we should fortify the school in the case of an earthquake. We will also start looking at designing and building our own models using a range of materials.

 

Week Commencing 17th September 2018

English

This week we will be carrying on with non-chronological reports, doing modelled, shared and independent writes to practice before finishing up with an extended write on tectonic plates. We will also be looking at coordinating conjunctions.

 

Guided Reading

Inference - Identifying key information from texts and silent videos to inform our answers and descriptions.

 

Maths

We will finish place value and then start to look at negative numbers, rounding and Roman numerals.

 

Topic

We will be starting our DT topic on Earthquake Resistant Housing, looking at examples around the world and thinking about the best ways to fortify the school in the case of earthquakes!

 

Week Commencing 10th September 2018

English

This week we will be looking at Japan’s recent Earthquakes and discussing how to write a non-chronological report.

 

Guided Reading

Information retrieval - various methods to find information quickly will be taught including skimming the text and "chunking".

Inference - a critical skill, we will be (gradually) starting this early on too.

 

Maths

Carrying on with place value, we will be looking at counting up in 10s, 100s and 1000s as well as ordering large and negative numbers.

 

Geography

To link with our topic, we will be looking further at volcanoes and more to do with earthquakes, as we research some recent case studies. These include the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti.

 

Week Commencing 3rd September

Immersion Days

To start off our new topic "Conflict: Natural Disasters" we  completed fun lessons and activities based around a volcanic eruption. On Tuesday, we designed emergency preparedness kits and then pretended to be a scientific task force that needed to find out more information about volcanoes. Then on Wednesday, we made our own volcanoes before "erupting" them on the school field. . Keep an eye out on this page and the "Class Galleries" page for photos towards the end of the week.

 

English

Fictional diary entries about their experiences of the volcanic eruption. This will be an assessed piece to see where the children's current writing is at after the long summer holidays. Later, these will be written up in neat to put on display.

 

Guided Reading

Information retrieval - various methods to find information quickly will be taught including skimming the text and "chunking".

Inference - a critical skill, we will be (gradually) starting this early on too.

 

Maths

What's the difference between a digit and a number? By the end of the week your children will be able to tell you and relate that to "place value", a fundamental building block of maths.

You maybe aware of the government focus on times tables, please support your children as much as possible with this, we will be testing weekly (schedule/resources to follow).

 

Geography

Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be having geography lessons in the afternoons. To link with our topic, we will be learning about plate tectonics this week and the structure of the Earth. On Thursday, we will be learning about the different layers that make up the Earth and why the plates on the Earth's crust moves. On Friday, we will be having a practical demonstration about the different types of plate boundary (constructive, destructive and conservative) and thinking about how this causes earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

Homework and Spellings

 

Maths Homework

This will be administered on a fortnightly basis on a Monday, with the children expected to complete it by the Friday. Time will be allowed during the second week in class time to go through the homework and address all misconceptions. It is important that this homework is completed as it supplements and reinforces the learning done in class.

 

Spellings Homework

At the front of the child’s partnership book, there will be a list of spellings to show your child’s homework throughout the year. Each week, your child will have a new set of spellings to learn which are based upon a particular spelling rule. These spellings will be tested each Friday, meaning that the children will have a week to learn them. The learning of the spellings will be supported during the week through daily work and interventions where necessary. Scores from the tests on Fridays will be recorded in the partnership books. Practise makes perfect!

 

For next week (w/c 8th October)

1. adorably

2. applicably

3. considerably

4. possibly

5. terribly

6. tolerably

7. visibly

8. horribly

9. incredibly

 

Reading for Pleasure

Please ensure that reading takes place daily at home, as it is vitally important that the children develop these basic skills. Being able to read confidently (much like times tables for maths) underpin a lot of the learning that takes place in the class.

It is important to talk to the children about their reading to ensure they have understood the story and meaning of all the words.

STAR OF THE WEEK - Samantha for her improved attitude to learning

 

CLASS DOJO WINNER - Milun

Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust

A Part of the Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust

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